About

Who we are and what we stand for.

West End P.O.W.E.R. (WEP) is a community organization committed to strengthening communities through activism, advocacy, education, equity, and promoting unity. WEP works to transform communities in the Greater Pittsburgh Region, particularly communities of color and other underrepresented communities. Through the process of continued community building WEP works with decision makers, community leaders and stakeholders, policy makers and others to bring about the positive outcomes we seek. At WEP we take great pride in our work whether it is providing services or working as advocates we believe in providing opportunities with effective resources.

 
 

We seek to unlock the possibility.

Our whole thing is collaborating, through collaboration we can build a community that is based on inclusion, equity, and valuing our community asset – human capital. We educate, we support, and we provide resources.

 

We are focused on results.

Our credit repair and home ownership programs are extremely necessary in the West End because many residents lived in the former Broadhead Manor and Westgate Village public housing complexes and have little experience with ownership. We recognize that home ownership provides stability, instills a sense of pride, and is critical to building successful communities.

 

We seek to drive change on large scale.

Our nonpartisan Community Education Civic Series Program provides marginalized communities with an introduction to Civic Participation and Engagement by examining local elected officials and their respective offices, duties, and other relevant functions. Through the process of continued community building WEP works with decision makers, community leaders and stakeholders, policy makers and others to bring about the positive outcomes we seek.

 

About Terri

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Terri Minor-Spencer is the Founder and President of West End P.O.W.E.R., a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through activism, advocacy, education, equity, and promoting unity. Terri is a tireless advocate for her community where she works to build unity working closely with returning citizens to reform the Criminal Justice System, participating in job readiness programs, serving as a G.E.D. Instructor, and being an advocate for entrepreneurs. Terri is selfless and relentless in her fight to change what she calls the “old time machine that continuously condones the criminalizing, over policing, and hyper incarceration of communities of color.”

 

As a respected servant of the community Terri and her service to others has been prominently featured in Public Source, 90.5 WESA, NOBLE Magazine – the National Magazine of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers, and numerous other publications. Terri was a key organizer of the annual Westside Reunion/Community Day and co-hosted the 2019 Juneteenth Black Tie Affair. In 2019 she was awarded the Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence Award and was a finalist for the Jefferson Awards, and in 2014 received a proclamation from the City of Pittsburgh declaring October 7th Terri Minor-Spencer Day for her Advocacy and Community Outreach Volunteerism.

 

A lifelong Pittsburgh resident, Terri resides in the Sheridan community with her family. She is a member of the White Lily Baptist Church where she serves as Community Outreach Coordinator. She is a graduate of the Emerge America Cohort, board member of the Abolitionist Law Center, as well as many other boards and committees that address gun violence, youth empowerment & community advancement.